Gary Glauber is a widely published poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. He champions the underdog and strives to negotiate modern life’s absurdities via melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. He has three collections, Small Consolations
(Aldrich Press), Worth the Candle
(Five Oaks Press), and Rocky Landscape With Vagrants
(Cyberwit); two chapbooks, Memory Marries Desire
(Finishing Line Press) and The Covalence of Equanimity
(SurVision Books), a winner of the 2019 James Tate International Poetry Prize. Another collection, A Careful Contrition
(Shanti Arts Publishing), is forthcoming.
The pandemic gods awaken
from their hundred-year’s slumber and sigh.
While their inclination once was laughter,
they now harden according to what times demand.
They search for a silver thread of truth,
of music teased from mass cacophony,
the notes a sweet chorus of souls rising
from crowded ICUs to roomy heavens.
Hearts shaken with devastation
beat a rhythm of late acknowledgment
as migration from fear to recognition
spreads virally, traced by salt tears
that season an otherwise bland
palate of bloated overgrown time.
The pantheon delivers random storms,
rumbles of thunder presaging panic
of lost wonder, of world at risk,
society floating off from innocence.
The pandemic gods dissipate
like clouds creeping in midnight sky,
then blow across the firmament
to reform as a breath of hope
for those inhaling to survive:
a new song will arrive.